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Make Your Own Canadian Mugs with Cricut

Beautiful DIY Canadian Mugs! Celebrate Canada Day by decorating your own Canadian mugs using removable vinyl and your Cricut machine!

Canadian mugs with text overlay

How do you share your patriotism?? My husband and I want to put a huge flag pole up on our new property, but we haven’t quite gotten around to tackling pretty outside projects yet, lol. I’m proud to be a Canadian and I love celebrating Canada Day with my family. I put up a wreath, put Canadian shirts on all of my kids, and go watch the fireworks. This year I’ll be celebrating with family, so I decided to make some Canadian Mugs too. Except I have no room in my cupboard for a million mugs… so I came up with a creative solution!

blank mugs

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I bought these simple white mugs at the dollar store – the perfect blank slate for only $1. The thing is… I love having seasonal mugs. Special mugs for Canada Day, or Christmas, or Thanksgiving, but ain’t nobody got room for a zillion mugs in their cupboard. I could barely fit these four!  So I found the perfect solution… removable vinyl!! It’s actually genius! Now I can decorate mugs and use them around Canada Day and then rip off the vinyl and decorate them with a new design on the next holiday! And it’s cheaper than buying seasonal mugs too! Win, win, win.

vinyl for Cricut machine

Here’s what you need to make these Canada Day Mugs: 

Cricut machine

How to Make Your Own Canadian Mugs:

Have I mentioned lately how pretty the Cricut machine is?! It’s exclusive to Michaels and it still cuts over 100 different materials, and utilizes all of the Design Space features… but it’s prettier! LOVE it! Start this project by pulling out your Cricut Machine, and then opening THIS DESIGN in the Cricut Design Space.

patterns for Canadian mugs

You can customize your design my changing the colours to red or deleting the designs you don’t want to use. I made my designs to fit on a 4.5″ x 4.5″ surface, which is approximately how much room I had on one side of my mug. If you mug is smaller or bigger, you may need to resize the images before cutting.

patterns for Canadian mugs

When your design is ready, load your removable vinyl and cut it out with your Cricut.

The removable vinyl is one of Cricut’s new Premium Vinyls.  It sits flatter, cuts easier, and has “smooth release technology” which is a fancy way of saying it’s easier to weed and transfer between surfaces. Plus, you can remove it up to TWO years later!! I’m only keeping it on my mug for a couple weeks, but still! lol. You could put it on a dresser and remove it in two years while your child grows out of the design – amazing!

Cricut machine

Once the design was cut, I used the weeding tool (that came is my Martha Stewart bundle!) to weed out the parts of the design that I didn’t want, and used the spatula to carefully lift the images off of the mat.

removing printed vinyl patterns
removing printed vinyl patterns

As I was laying the vinyl onto my mugs I realized something… it can be difficult to lay a flat design on a curved surface! lol.

Here are a couple of tips to make sure your images go on beautifully. First, I always started at the center of the image, them moved left and right. This prevented my image from tilting upwards or downwards across the mug. Second, I found that the parts of the mug that were more curved required a bit more tweaking. In order to get the designs to lay flat, I cut a couple of spots – like between the letters in the image below – then laid the image down with a tiny bit of overlap where the mug got narrow.

These two tricks should allow you to lay the vinyl perfectly on your curved surface!

Printed vinyl that reads Canada

I’m in love with these mugs. Patriotic, but also pretty! I did them all double sided, so you can see “Canada” on one side, and an image on the other side. If you’re using your mugs, make sure wash them carefully (without the dishwasher) until I take the vinyl off again :)

Canadian Mugs
Canadian Mugs
Canadian Mugs
Canadian Mugs

Anyone want a cup of coffee?? lol.

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DIY Canadian Mugs

DIY Canadian Mugs

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Beautiful DIY Canadian Mugs! Celebrate Canada Day by decorating your own Canadian mugs using removable vinyl and your Cricut machine! 


  • Cricut® Explore Air™ 2 Special Edition, Martha Stewart Machine Bundle
  • Removable vinyl (black and red)
  • Cricut cutting mat
  • Weeding tool and spatula
  • Cricut Design Space link:


  1. Open the provided design in the Cricut Design Space
  2. Customize the design if desired
  3. Load removable vinyl into the Cricut machine and have it cut the design
  4. Use the Cricut weeding tool to weed out the parts of the design you don’t want
  5. Use the spatula to carefully lift the images off of the mat
  6. Lay the vinyl on your mug

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Thursday 22nd of August 2019

[…] Even if you’re not Canadian you can still celebrate the great country to the north with these Canadian mugs from […]

Anne-Marie Burgon

Tuesday 18th of June 2019

These are terrific ~ patriotic but not cutsey or corny!


Tuesday 18th of June 2019

Thank you! I totally agree! I don't do cutsey... lol.

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Wednesday 27th of June 2018

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Laurie V

Thursday 21st of June 2018

Great idea!! And they look fantastic!


Thursday 21st of June 2018

Thank you! You should make your own! :)


Wednesday 20th of June 2018

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these cute little mugs!


Wednesday 20th of June 2018

Thank you! I’m excited for Canada Day now!! :)

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